Md. congressman to study POW issue

July 27, 1991

Representative Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-Md.-1st, will be part of D DTC congressional delegation that will travel to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia next week to investigate the POW-MIA issue.

Mr. Gilchrest, who served as a Marine sergeant during the Vietnam War, said he and five House colleagues will leave Aug. 3 on the weeklong trip that also will deal with human rights issues and diplomatic relations.

Mr. Gilchrest said that the trip, planned for months, is not the result of the recent controversy over a photo purportedly showing three Americans still alive in Southeast Asia.

Accompanying Mr. Gilchrest on the trip will be Representatives Thomas R. Carper, D-Del.; Pete Peterson, D-Fla.; John J. Rhodes III, R-Ariz.; David E. Skaggs, D-Colo.; and Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz. All five are Vietnam War-era veterans.

There are 2,302 U.S. soldiers unaccounted for from the Vietnam War: 1,678 lost in Vietnam, 535 in Laos, 83 in Cambodia and six in the South China Sea. Thirty-five are from Maryland, according to Mr. Gilchrest's office.

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